Dealing with drug addiction is not easy whether it is yourself or someone close to you who is suffering. There are thousands of rehab centers around the world that help people get the help they need to recover. The best rehab centers in the world cater their services to each patient, use innovative techniques, hire the top doctors in their fields and often have luxury accommodations.
When you think of drug rehab centers, the Betty Ford Center is probably what comes to mind. But there are countless other quality service providers around the globe who can help you overcome your addictions or other substance abuse issues, no matter where you are. Let’s take a look at 15 examples of the best drug rehab centers in the world.
Note: These are meant to serve as examples. There are many other treatment facilities available, and while these are some of the best we’ve come across, they aren’t necessarily “the best of the best.” That’s why we’ve included them here in alphabetical order rather than in subjective rankings. We invite you to share other drug rehab centers that you feel are worth including in the comments following this article.
1. Caron Foundation – Wernersville, Pennsylvania
Caron Treatment Centers is a nonprofit organization that is closely affiliated with the Treatment Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. These affiliations allow Caron to use the latest research to provide the best treatment for their patients. Caron has more clinical programs than any other treatment center in the United States. There are locations in Texas, Florida, New York and Bermuda but the main facility is a 100-acre campus with 251 beds in Wernersville, PA.
2. Cirque Lodge – Sundance, Utah
Cirque Lodge offers luxury accommodations in a beautiful location as well as a good treatment program. This is a very private treatment center with room for only 16 people at a time. Cirque combines traditional therapy with experiential programs. These programs include hiking, horseback riding, a ropes course, gardening, fishing, and skiing. Many celebrities have chosen a stay at Cirque Lodge to recover from their addictions.
3. Cottonwood de Tucson – Tucson, Arizona
Cottonwood is another rehab facility in a beautiful location. They specialize in treating co-occurring disorders which is when addiction is combined with another psychiatric or emotional illness. The adult program at Cottonwood utilizes a 12-step recovery program along with family involvement, group therapy, experiential therapies, nutritional counseling and medical management for treatment.
4. Crossroads Centre – Antigua
The Crossroads Centre in Antigua was founded by Eric Clapton and Richard Conte, CEO of The Priory Hospitals Group in London. Crossroads uses the 12-step recovery program along with holistic therapies to promote physical, emotional and spiritual health. Their facility has beds for 32 people and is in a tranquil waterfront location. The privacy and quality of care attracts individuals from all over the world.
5. DARA – Koh Chang, Thailand
Drug & Alcohol Rehab Asia (or DARA) is an affordable rehab center located in Thailand. It has a facility that is like a luxury resort for a much lower cost than most rehab centers. Prices start at about $7,000 for an all-inclusive 28 day stay. DARA utilizes a variety of treatments to create a customized program for each individual.
6. Infinite Horizons – Koh Samui, Thailand
Infinite Horizons is another rehab center located in Thailand. Thailand has long been a popular tourist destination and is now increasingly becoming a popular drug rehab destination for English speaking clients. Infinite Horizons is very private with a maximum of 6 guests at time. For treatment they use a 5 phase system that ends with a real life re-entry stage to help their patients be successful after they leave.
7. The Meadows Clinic – Wickenburg, Arizona
The Meadows Clinic is one of the leading treatment centers in the United States for addiction and psychological trauma. They use 12-step meetings along with many other types of treatment, such as equine therapy, art therapy, spirituality counseling and yoga. The Meadows Clinic has treated more than 20,000 clients in 35 years.
8. Nishan Foundation – Islamabad, Pakistan
The Nishan Foundation is a state-of-the-art treatment center in Pakistan. It specializes in drug and alcohol addiction treatments. They provide many services, including detoxification, attitudinal healing and many different types of therapy. Most types of therapy that are offered are group therapies. Their clients include people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.
9. Passages – Malibu, California
Passages is a small, up-scale treatment center in California that accommodates 12 clients at a time. They focus on addiction not as a disease but as a symptom of an underlying issue. Following this philosophy they do not use 12-step treatments but instead an individualized program where the client works with ten therapists. Most of the treatment is done through private one-on-one sessions.
10. The Priory – Roehampton, England
The Priory is one of the leading treatment centers in all of Europe. The facility in Roehampton has private rooms and accommodates 107 patients but not all of them are there for drug or alcohol addiction treatment. For treatment The Priory uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy along with many types of group therapy. It also has an aftercare program to follow up with their clients to help ensure their success.
11. PROMIS Rehabilitation Clinic – Kent, England
PROMIS is a luxury rehabilitation clinic located in Kent, England. At PROMIS they believe that the surroundings are very important to each client’s success so they strive to provide the best, including trips such as sailing along the coast of England. Their drug treatment program begins with detox followed by the creation of a personalized plan. Along with one-on-one and group therapies they utilize psychodrama treatments, equine assisted psychotherapy, creative therapy and many exercise programs.
12. Promises – Malibu, California
The Promises treatment center in Malibu is another luxury California rehab center. It houses up to 24 patients at a time and like many of the centers on this list it has had many celebrity clients. They utilize their own treatment plan called the Malibu Model. According to client surveys, the company reports that 98% of their patients say they would recommend Promises to another person, which shows how they feel about the results of the Malibu Model.
13. The Sanctuary – Byron Bay, Australia
The Sanctuary, located in Australia, specializes in substance abuse treatment and psychological disorders. Patients stay in beach-front bungalows and have access to services such as a private chef, chauffeured limousine, acupuncturists, yoga teachers and fitness instructors. This comes at a steep price of nearly $20,000 per week. The treatment includes a unique mix of traditional therapy with yoga, meditation and shiatsu.
14. Serenity House, Spain
The Serenity House is an English speaking rehab clinic in Spain. It accommodates up to 8 guests at a time and utilizes a 12-step program for treatment. It is located in a picturesque part of southern Spain. The location was chosen for its seclusion to remove clients from everyday distractions for the most successful treatment. Besides the 12-step program they have many other activities to help with a holistic approach to recovery.
15. Sober Living By The Sea – Newport Beach, California
Sober Living By The Sea is considered by many to be one of the top treatment centers in the world. They have programs that are targeted toward a variety of age groups, including an innovative college program that focuses on struggles of college students dealing with addiction. They provide many different types of therapies and treatments so patients can have access to the program that is going to work the best for them.
Recovering from drug addiction is not easy, but fortunately there are many clinics that use a variety of techniques for treatment. What types of therapy do you think work best for drug addiction? Do you have any thoughts on rehab clinics? Did you find success with one not on this list? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below.